Police Kill Two Armed Robbery Suspects, Injure Other Gang Members In Edo

Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.
Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.

 

The Edo State Police Command says it has killed two armed robbery suspects during a gun duel in Benin City on Sunday.

According to the command, it received information early on Sunday morning that a gang of armed robbers had invaded a filling station off Murtala Mohamed way, Benin City upon which the commander, Crack Team immediately mobilised a team of police operatives and vigilante to the scene.

The armed robbers were later successfully trailed to a different location where they were allegedly carrying out another armed robbery operation. On sighting the team of security operatives, the robbers were said to have opened fire on them which led to a gun duel.

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In the process, the superior fire power of the security operatives hit two of the armed robbers while others escaped with various degrees of bullet injuries.

The two suspected armed robbers were reportedly taken to the Police Cottage hospital in Benin city where they were confirmed dead by the doctor and their bodies deposited at the mortuary.

Items recovered from them include; one locally made pistol and three live cartridges.

The Commissioner of Police Edo State Command CP Abutu Yaro fdc, therefore, directed that more effort be put into securing the arrest and prosecution of other fleeing members of the gang.

Police Arrest Female Medical Doctor For Child Abuse In Edo

Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.
Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.

 

A medical doctor, one Dr Ogbonnanya Chiamaka of Irrua Teaching Specialist Hospital in Esan Central local government area of Edo state has been arrested for child abuse, the police said on Saturday.

“The victim, one Miss Comfort Nmeson “F” who is 13 years old came to school , ‘Emando Secondary school’ in Ekpoma on 22/6/2022 with her belongings, looking frail,” a statement signed by police spokesperson Jennifer Iwegbu, said.

“Upon interrogation by the teachers of the school, the child said she does not want to live with her guardian anymore and requested to be returned to her biological mother as her guardian has been physically abusing her using stick to reprimand her all the time.

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“Consequently, the teacher reported the abuse to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.

“The said guardian, one Dr Ogbonnaya Chiamaka “F” who is 41-years-old was arrested by the police .

“Dr Ogbonnaya Chiamaka would be arraigned in court after the completion of investigation.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of police CP Abutu Yaro fdc has reinstated his commitment in serving the good people of Edo state as he urged the citizenry not to relent in availing the command with prompt and useful information that will help curb the menace of criminal elements in Edo state.”

ASUU Strike: University Students Protest For Second Day In Benin-City

 

University students took to the streets for the second straight day on Thursday in protest against the strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

Tagging themselves ‘The University of Streets’, the protesters walked along the Ugbowo-Lagos expressway in Benin-City.

The walk was expected to terminate at the Ring-Road area of the city.

Other students and concerned Nigerians were scheduled to join the students in protest at Ring Road.

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On Wednesday, the students had taken their protest to the King Square area of the city, demanding an end to the strike.

University students protested against the ASUU strike in Benin-city on May 5, 2022.
University students protested against the ASUU strike in Benin-city on May 5, 2022.

 

They said they are tired of staying at home, cut off from their academic pursuits.

While they appealed to the relevant authorities to look into the issues that led to the strike for a resolution to be reached, the students lamented watching their dream of graduating suffer stagnation.

ASUU’s demands

ASUU embarked on a four-week warning strike on February 14.

On March 14, the union extended the industrial action by another two months to allow the government meet all of its demands.

The academics are seeking improved welfare, revitalisation of public universities and academic autonomy among other demands.

One bone of contention for the academics is the non-payment of university revitalisation funds, which amounts to about N1.1 trillion.

But the Federal Government has said it doesn’t have the money to pay such an amount, citing low oil prices during the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The agreement was reportedly struck in 2009.

Another is the issue of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The academics have proposed an alternative payroll system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Workers’ Day: We Will Continue To Prioritise Workers’ Welfare – Obaseki

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured workers in the state that his administration will continue to prioritise their welfare.

Obaseki gave the assurance in a statement to mark the 2022 Workers’ Day on May 1, adding that things have continued to improve since the onset of his administration.

He attributed this to the state’s e-governance strategies, noting that it has improved work processes in the state, automating government systems and ensuring quality service delivery to the Edo people.

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“As we mark Workers’ Day, I would like to appreciate workers in the state for their commitment to duty and diligence, which is responsible for the achievements recorded by my administration thus far. Edo people are, today, better off with the improved services provided by workers.

“In the last six years, we have ensured that workers in Edo State are provided with the right environment, tools, and encouraged to deliver optimal services to the people. From reconstructing office buildings, such as the Blocks C & D of the Secretariat Complex to the introduction of e-governance systems and robust welfare packages, workers have experienced a dramatic change in the conditions in which they work in the state.

“The e-governance system makes sure that our workforce is globally competitive and provides top-of-the-range services to the people. The transformation we are witnessing will ensure that the people are better served in the long run.

“It is also impressive that they have paid back in kind by delivering on their roles and responsibilities, which has created the atmosphere for the success of the reforms we have implemented.”

The governor noted that the state will continue to place the interest of workers at the front burner of its institutional reforms, noting that continuous professional development at the John Odigie Oyegun Training Academy will equip them with skills to deepen the reforms in the state.

“We are very intentional about the need to ensure that the reforms we have introduced are sustained and outlive our administration. This is why we introduced the professional development plank in our reform agenda and are sure that these institutional frameworks will ensure that the changes we have introduced stand the test of time in the interest of workers and the development of the state.”

NPF Orders Immediate Indefinite Suspension Of Edo State PCRC Chairperson

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force

 

 

The Nigeria Police Force has ordered the immediate and indefinite suspension of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Chairperson of the Edo State Police Command, Mrs Helen Atekha Odemwingie.

The suspension follows a trending picture of the PCRC chairperson and other members seen wearing black uniforms similar to that of the police with accompanying insignias and inscriptions at an event held at the Edo State Police command.

In a statement by the Acting Force Public Relations Officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, “The suspension is coming on the heels of a trending picture of the PCRC chairperson and other members at a function held at the Edo State Police Command wherein the PCRC members were seen wearing black uniforms similar to that of the Nigeria Police Force, with accompanying insignias and various inscriptions”.

“It has been noted that the act contravenes the provisions of section 214{1} of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and section 101 of the Police Act, 2020.

“In line with the extant law, the IGP hereby warns that henceforth, any individual who adorns themselves illegally in police uniforms would be made to face the full wrath of the law. Similarly, the IGP has ordered the police disciplinary units, particularly the Force Provost Marshal, the IGP X-Squad and Monitoring Unit to clampdown on persons who engage in the illegal sales of police uniforms, kits and accoutrements outside of police approved stores and the office of the Quartermaster”.

Suspected Police Officer, Helen Odemwingie.

 

The Force equally condemned the illegal use of police uniforms, kits and accoutrements by non-police individuals and groups.

He noted that the Inspector-General of Police further directed the Force Public Relations Officer to meet and collaborate with members of the Guild of Actors in Nigeria to improve partnership to ensure proper use of police uniforms, kits and accoutrements in their movies/skits.

“In recent times, members of the police public relations person across the state are seen to be taking their relationship with the police too far, particularly in their mode of dressing.

“Many come to events in Tshirts and accomplishments in police colour, others go about police divisions to solicit for the release of suspects in police custody”, he added.

Five Killed, Others Injured As Bandits Open Fire On Vehicle In Katsina

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
Banditry is common in the northwestern part of Nigeria.

 

At least five passengers were confirmed killed and three others critically injured after bandits armed with sophisticated weapons opened fire on a vehicle passing along Yantumaki – Danmusa road in Katsina State.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that out of the eight passengers, who were all indigenes of Gobirawa and Kaigar Malamai villages in Katsina State, six of them were returning from Benin City in Edo State where they work.

Another one was coming back from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, where he had gone to supply chickens. He said the vehicle left Yantumaki for Danmusa town in the early hours of Saturday.

The police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Sunday.

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“Yes, it’s true. The incident happened yesterday [Saturday] in the morning. The bandits opened fire on the vehicle in protest of the killing of one of them by a team of policemen led by the Area Commander of Danmusa after repelling their attack and recovering over 30 rustled cows.

“The passengers spent the night in Yantumaki because they arrived there in the night. In the morning, they boarded the vehicle for Danmusa town from where they would take motorcycles to their villages. The vehicle was attacked a few minutes after leaving Yantumaki”.

Danmusa Local Government Area is one of the most vulnerable areas in Katsina, sharing boundaries with the dreaded Rugu forest and areas like Safana, Kankara, and other communities in Zamfara State where bandits are very active.

2022 Okpekpe Road Receives Elite Label From World Athletics

East Africans Sweep Okpekpe Road Race

 

The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race has been awarded an elite label for its upcoming eighth edition scheduled to take place May 28, 2022, in Okpekpe which shares proximity with Auchi, Edo state of Nigeria.

Receiving the elite label is in line with the new categorisation of all road running events approved under the new Label Road Races Regulations approved by the World Athletics Council in October last year and which was activated in November 2021.

Under the new arrangement, road races are classified as World Athletics Label, World Athletics Elite Label, and World Athletics Elite Platinum Label. The new categorisation also impacts the ranking points available to international elite athletes, Olympics, and World Championships qualification slots offered by the highest-categorised competitions.

Okpekpe, the first road race in West Africa to be granted a World Athletics rating in 2015, is among the 93 road races across the globe and only seven in Africa to be awarded a World Athletics Elite Label.

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A World Athletics Label denotes high standards in event organisation, safety and runner experience, and application of the World Athletics Rules and Regulations among other considerations.

Mike Itemuagbor, the Chief Executive Officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the race are delighted World Athletics still rates the organisation of the race very high even after a covid-19 induced two-year absence.

‘This is great news because it is a testimony of our organisational ability and of course strict adherence to the application of the World Athletics Rules and Regulations,’ he said and thanked the Edo state government for the support given to the race and corporate Nigeria for their trust.

Itemuagbor is confident the Okpekpe Road Race will be the first in Africa to be awarded a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label.

Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu was clear about the direction the race is going when he said at the press briefing heralding this year’s race last month in Benin City that a Platinum label is the target.

”With the immeasurable support we have received from the government of Edo state since the inception of the race, particularly from His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki who has been a part of the race since 2013, we believe we will score another first for Nigeria and this time Africa,” he said.

No road race in Africa is listed among the 12 events across the globe awarded the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label. The USA has three which include the New York Marathon, China two, Japan two, Germany one, and the London Marathon the only one awarded to Great Britain.

UPDATED: Six Killed As Gunmen Attack Banks In Edo State

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A file photo of three armed men.

 

Six persons were killed following a gunmen attack on commercial banks in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State, a police official said. The affected institutions include Zenith Bank, UBA, Union Bank, and First Bank. 

The incident took place on Thursday afternoon, according to the spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, Bello Kontong.  The affected persons include two police officers and four civilians.

He said the attack led to substantial damages to the affected banks, noting that details about the incident will be communicated later.

Videos of the attack trended on social media. Residents of the community were seen scampering for safety as the attackers shot sporadically.

Police Arrest Gang Members Allegedly Posing As Vigilante, Others

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force is seen on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

The Edo State Police Command says it has arrested five armed gang members allegedly disguising as vigilante members and robbing unsuspecting members of the public around Textile Mill Road area in Benin City.

According to a statement by a police spokesman, acting on credible information, the DPO Textile Mill Road SP Olayinka Adeleye mobilized his team of operatives and arrested the suspects who claimed to be vigilante members working under a commander nicknamed Dada.

SP Adeleye said the suspects are cooperating with the investigation and are giving useful information that will lead to the arrest of other conspirators operating under the guise of being vigilantes.

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He added that the suspects will be charged to court at the end of the investigation.

Similarly, two suspected members of a gang said to have been terrorizing Campus II South Ibie, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.

The police statement disclosed that the Divisional Police Officer, (DPO) South Ibie, CSP Emmanuel Agbo received information that some armed robbers were hibernating within the area and immediately swung into action.

Agbo mobilized his team of police surveillance and detectives, and they stormed the criminal’s hideout, arresting the duo of Bishop Christopher ‘M’ (22), John Abuda ‘M’ (24).

The team of operatives also recovered one English pistol, two live ammunition and a battle axe from the suspects.

Police authorities say the suspects have confessed to terrorizing campus II SOUTH IBIE area and its environs, however, investigations are still ongoing with the aim of arresting other fleeing gang members.

According to the police, the suspects will be charged to court at the end of investigations.

Benin Kingdom Takes Legal Possession Of Repatriated Bronzes

 

The Oba of Benin Oba Ewuare II on Monday received the legal documents of the deed of transfer of the return of the bronze cockerel and the Oba bronze head recently handed over to Nigeria in the United Kingdom.

The legal documents were perfected at the palace of the Oba of Benin when signatories to the documents appended their signatures in the presence of the royal family, traditional rulers from different parts of Nigeria, as well as friends and well-wishers of the Benin monarch.

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The Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Tunji Ishola, who also appended his signature, said he’s already in physical possession of the bronzes but according to English law, a deed of transfer was imperative.

The signed documents were eventually officially handed over to the Oba.

This comes as Oba Ewuare II marks the fifth anniversary of his coronation.

‘Model For Nigerian Youths’: Edo Government Congratulates Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman celebrates punches Colby Covington in their welterweight title bout during the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2021, in New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

 

The Edo State Government has congratulated undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, who successfully defended his world title against American challenger, Colby Covington.

The Auchi-born fighter knocked down his challenger twice in the second round in the title fight which took place at the famous Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.

The letter from the office of the Deputy Governor, Edo State Government, described the reigning UFC welterweight champion as a shining star and a true reflection of what the Nigerian youth should represent.

“You are a true role model for the Nigerian youths and we want the Nigerian youths to emulate you by bringing glory and honour to the nation rather than engage in cybercrime, drug, and other vices,” the letter said.

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The Motivation

At the post-fight briefing, Usman who visited Nigeria in June this year after twenty years of being away confirmed he got some motivation from his country.

“It was a great trip, I really got a chance to go and see how me competing in the way that I do, does for not just to the country of Nigeria but to the continent of Africa. Of course, it’s extra motivation, extra feel each and every time I step in there,” the champ acknowledged.

The state government also commended the Nigerian Nightmare for keeping to his promise to “give back to the society that made him by being a role model to the younger generation.”

“We are ready to receive you again and again whenever you are in Nigeria. You are a true patriot and our ambassador of sports; we are proud of you and indeed, Nigerians are proud of you. Be assured that we shall continue to pray for you to get to the zenith. We are looking forward to partnering with you in discovering and nurturing young talents in the area of kickboxing, ” the letter stressed.

Usman joined the UFC in 2015 and is unbeaten after 19 title fights. His first fight with Covington in 2019 ended in a knockout in the 5th round. He has recorded 15 straight victories and is just one fight away from equaling Anderson Silva’s record of 16 straight wins.

Ranching Is Private Business, Acknowledge Edo Method – Obaseki Tells FG

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that ranching is a private business and must be treated as such.

Speaking after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, Obaseki said Edo people would rather invest privately in the ranching business. Obaseki told newsmen at the State House that the clashes between farmers and herders could be resolved with a full implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP).

He, however, urged the Federal Government to “acknowledge” the Edo State model. Throwing some more light on the model of his state, Obaseki said those involved in ranching are expected to provide the land.

The governor stated that during his interaction with President Buhari, he tabled his people’s opinion as regards the ranching practice. Further making a case for his state, Obaseki said the NLTP should be able to “help Edo people benefit from the funding that is now being made available for people who want to go into the livestock business and have made investments in ranches and other similar livestock programmes,”.

Obaseki explained that the private view of the ranching exercise is a key reason the Edo State Government is yet to promulgate a law banning open grazing.

“As you know, most southern states have passed laws relating to open grazing but Edo State has not. Because we want to ensure that whatever laws we pass are laws that we can enforce.”

At the briefing, the governor also debunked rumours suggesting that he would be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated that as a politician of repute, his conscience would not allow him to betray those who gave him shelter when there was a political storm.

Obaseki explained that he did not leave the APC on his own terms, but was forced out, an action he says will not allow him to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)where he got support in his time of need.

“I think I’ve shown that I’m a politician with integrity and I have made it very clear that I didn’t leave the other party on my own. I was pushed out of the party, and someone else gave me cover, gave me an opportunity.

“It will not be the right thing to do to now leave who helped you, who gave you the umbrella in your storm, and then go back to the person who pushed you out.”

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A Case For E-Transmission 

President Muhammadu Buhari in an elbow bump with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State during the governor’s visit to the Nigerian leader at the State House on Wednesday, September 13th, 2021. Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina.

 

Reacting to the Senate’s decision to reverse its earlier resolution on electronic transmission of election results, Governor Obaseki said he remains a proponent of the course.

According to the governor, PDP would not have won the last election in Edo State, but for the deployment of technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“If not for the technology utilised by INEC, and God, I may not be governor today. So, I am one of those people who believe that we cannot and should not have elections in this country, going into the future, without transmitting results electronically from the polling units, because for elections to be credible, they have to be seen as transparent and once you have voted, you should be assured that your vote will count.

“With technology today, it is possible and INEC has shown it from my elections, that as soon as you voted, and the results have been counted in the polling units, then that result should be made available, such that you already know what you expect to be collated at the ward collation points.

“What has happened in many cases in the past is that people go and vote, the votes are counted in the polling units. They know, but by the time it gets to the collation point, it changes.

“But this time around, because of the transparency, everybody will see and know what they are expecting to be collated from the polling units. That is what happened in my election.

“So, I am a very strong advocate for electronic transmission of results from elections and I want to also note that from my personal experience, INEC has the capacity, INEC has the technology, and also the understanding of how these things should work,” Obaseki said.